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Computer Cursive 

Written By: Natalie Zee Drieu 



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Adobe Photoshop (1) 


Printer paper (1) 


or other imaae-editina tool 


• Pen(1) 


• Computer (1) 




• Printer (1) 




• Scanner (1) 





SUMMARY 

Like most people these days, I spend way too much time typing on a keyboard rather than 
writing with a pen. But we are living in the digital world, right? Enter the Fontifier , where you 
can create a digital typeface from your own handwriting. For $9, you'll be able to add a 
personal touch to your digital photos and craft projects without lifting a pen. I'll be the first to 
admit my handwriting is no art form, like others I know, but it's mine with its own special 
curves and curls. 



Step 1 — Print the template. 

• Go to http://www.fontifier.com and print out the template. 



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Step 2 — Start writing. 




• Using a black felt-tip pen, fill in the 
letters or symbols in each box, 
making sure to give each letter 
breathing room on the sides. The 
little tick marks on the sides of 
each box should be considered the 
baseline for each letter. 

• Remember, the thicker your 
pen is, the thicker your font 
weight will be. Using a pen that's 
too thin will result in a very 
lightweight font that could be hard 
to read. 



Step 3 — Scan in the template. 

• On the scanner, scan in the entire template, making sure to include the outer border. 

• Save the graphic as a .gif, .jpeg, .png, or .tiff file at 72, 75, or 100dpi. 



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Step 4 — Make little fixes in Photoshop (optional). 



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• If your handwriting is like mine — 
characters aren't even or well 
aligned — you can do some 
modifying in Photoshop or use your 
preferred image-editing tool. 

• Bring the scanned template into 
Photoshop and use the line rulers 
to match the baseline marks of 
each letter. Once you have those 
set, you can align each letter to the 
bottom of your line ruler, or scale a 
letter so that it looks even with the 
others. 



Step 5 — Upload your template. 

• Once you've got all the letters and symbols to your liking, upload your template to 
Fontifier. You'll be able to preview the font and a sample sentence to see if you like it 
before you purchase. 



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Step 6 — Name and preview your font. 



Preview font 

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When you are happy with your preview, buy your font and download it for $9 US, 
Please select your preferred secure payment method: 



( Pay by Credit Card ) ( Pay by PayPal ) 



• My font is named "Natalie's 
Handwriting." You'll also need to 
enter your full name in the box 
below it for copyright information 
for your font. 

• Check to see if your characters are 
legible and well aligned. If you don't 
like this preview, tweak them some 
more and upload a new template. 



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Step 7 — Purchase and download. 



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• If the preview is to your liking, click 
the purchase button to pay by 
either credit card or PayPal. 

• Immediately after purchasing, you 
can download your finished font! 
Install it in your computer's font 
folder and use it in your word and 
graphics programs, such as Word 
or Photoshop. 

• If you're looking to create a whole 
font family with boldface and italic 
versions, it's an extra $9 for each 
of these. You may find it's more fun 
to make a variety of writing styles 
for your craft projects. 

• Keep in mind that your font 
is a bitmap (not vector) 
version of your handwriting, so the 
edges may look jagged at larger 
font sizes. Use it for your digital 
photos, cards, or little notes. Play 
around and have fun with it! 



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This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 08 . 



This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 01 :24:43 PM. 



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